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  • William Hertling
    Author, 2011 - present
  • Hewlett-Packard
    Web Strategist, 1997 - present
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    Director of R&D, 1997 - 1997
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I am the author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall, science-fiction novels about the emergence of artificial intelligence, the future of technology, and the technological singularity. 

When I'm not writing, I work on web development and strategy at HP.

Email me at william dot hertling at gmail. Read more about me
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Published Avogadro Corp, earned my MBA, raised chickens, refinished a basement, all while raising three kids and working full-time.
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  • Bainbridge Graduate Institute
    MBA in Sustainable Business, 2002 - 2004
  • University of Arizona
    Computer Science M.S., 1992 - 1995
  • Brooklyn College
    Computer Science B.S., 1988 - 1992
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Really enjoyed the fourth installment of The Singularity Series by +William Hertling. The entire series is a good look at one possible development path for artificial intelligence.
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I didn't know there was a 4th book! Off to amazon....
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Tesla's CEO warns that artificial intelligence is likely mankind's biggest threat.
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i HOPE we INDEED summon an anti-human one!  >:-)
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Why I wrote a children's book: http://www.williamhertling.com/2014/09/kids-books-cory-doctorow-inspiration/

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I knew that if I was going to write for kids, I didn’t want to just write entertainment. I wanted to address issues in the same serious way that I address topics in my adult science fiction. Sure, robots and AI make for good entertainment, but I write the stuff I do because I think it’s important for people to think about it, and I treat it as seriously and accurately as possible.

So what topics did I want to address for kids? What is appropriate for the age I wanted to write for? I decided to focus on a few things:
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My first book for kids, The Case of the Wilted Broccoli, is a detective novel for children age 8 through 12. I call it a food supply chain thriller. A trio of kids must solve why students are getting sick from school lunches by tracing food back to its source. http://www.williamhertling.com/2014/06/book-release-the-case-of-the-wilted-broccoli/ #middlegradefiction   #kidsbooks   #childrensbooks  

I mostly write science fiction for adults, but I had a blast writing this book. If you have kids or know someone with kids, I hope you'll check it out.
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My 10 year old loved it. 
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Hello, My name is Stacie Huckeba I have been a customer of Comcast for over eight years. I realize that it's a dirty little secret and you don't like to talk about it, but c'mon, between just you a...
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Book Review of The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian by Andy Weir was fantastic. I'm sitting in a bar right now with a wet napkin by my side because I teared up during the end of the book. It's that good. The basic storyline is that an astronaut is stranded on Mars and then has to survive until he...
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The Turing Exception, book four in the Singularity series, is available now: http://bit.ly/TuringException.

I'm doing an AMA on /r/sciencefiction today - come ask me anything. http://www.reddit.com/r/sciencefiction/comments/2z8qyj/im_william_hertling_author_of_avogadro_corp_and/
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 Was reading your AMA and got so excited that I went ahead and bought it on Amazon. 
Great Q&A going on over there. Well done.
And thank you again for continuing a GREAT series of books! Haven't been as excited about new books in a series since starting Daniel Suarez, and way before that William Gibson and Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins books.
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Book four status: http://www.williamhertling.com/2014/09/book-4-status/

(Now tentatively titled Turing's Exception.)
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Sweet! I was sooooo hoping Elope would be back! 
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A post on naming AI, preferred gender pronouns, and my naming mistake in The Last Firewall: http://www.williamhertling.com/2014/10/naming-ai/
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Avogadro Corp 2.0, the second edition, is available! More about what's new here: http://www.williamhertling.com/2014/09/avogadro-corp-version-2-0/ #scifi   #singularity  

If you're not familiar with it, Avogadro Corp is the first novel of my Singularity series, dealing with the emergence of the world's first strong AI.

Wired called it "Chilling and compelling", KurzweilAI said "technically sophisticated and explores interesting scientific aspects of AI technology and social issues like relations between humans and future AIs and displacement of human workers by smart automation."
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Its hard for my envision where book 4 is headed. Presumably all the nanotech stuff and advanced implants will be fully fleshed out and developed by then. It'll basically be a totally post-Singularity novel. 
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Wait, Google is working on home mesh networking?
 
Google Senior Vice President +Sundar Pichai recently announced a forthcoming wearable computing SDK and said that wearable devices “need a mesh layer and a data layer by which they can come together.” He gave the example of a “smart jacket” as something Google would need to support in the future.

He mentioned mesh networking again in the context of home automation. When asked about the company’s recent acquisition of Nest, which makes smart thermostats and talking smoke detectors, he said that Nest devices could be part of a “mesh layer” Google may be working on.

A mesh networking topology is one in which each node in the network can also relay data to other nodes. Mesh networks enable ad hoc networks and also self-healing networks—like the Internet—where a missing, damaged or offline node causes the data to route-around the problem.

But for the home? This is a truly exciting possibility. Here's why: 

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/why-google-is-working-on-home-mesh-networking.html

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+William Hertling Isn't that what Sonos uses to connect the various devices?
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The Future of Data Centers, Small Computers, and Networks
I love trying to extrapolate trends and seeing what I can learn from the process. This past weekend I spent some time thinking about the size of computers. From 1986 (Apple //e) to 2012 (Motorola Droid 4), my "computer" shrinking 290-fold, or about 19% per ...
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Hi William-

Question: How do we get past the limit of 1 bit/atom?  Using Charles Stross's "memory diamond", I get 1.4E21 bits/inch^3.  This isn't a rhetorical question -- is there some plausible way (either algorithmic or physical) to get more than one bit out of an atom?

(I had the numbers for memory diamond on hand because, a few weeks back, I wanted to know how many virtual colonists could fit on a 1-kg starship.  TL;DR: Using uncompressed, souped-up Izhikevich neurons with an extra order of magnitude fudge factor and backup storage, we could get 100,000 colonists.)
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